The 2019 Purolator “Tackle Hunger” Softball Tournament was a big success with 18 teams and 400 players from as far away as London and Ottawa participating. The event, in its fourth year, raises much needed funds for various food banks throughout the GTA. Pictured are the team from Ottawa celebrating their victory this year.
The Ontario Teamsters raised $140,000 for the children of Variety Village at the Ontario Teamsters Invitational on July 9th. Teamsters Local 938 President, Craig McInnes presents the cheque to the organization officials.
Purolator is investing $1 billion into it's operations in Canada by building two new hubs in Toronto and introducing more green technology. Electric courier bikes, geotagging tracking on packages and 1,000 vehicles with smart technology are just some of the eco-friendly investments being made by Purolator Inc. as part of its $1-billion capital outlay announced Tuesday.
“We’ve got everything from 24-hour parcel lockers to e-bikes for Toronto’s downtown core,” John Ferguson, Purolator president and CEO, told the Financial Post. “We’re working on a new fleet that will be more electric. So, we’ll be getting after not only that technology but it’s going to be good for the environment and sustainability.”
Purolator has about 300 hybrid-electric vehicles and plans on adding more to the fleet by 2020.
“It’s almost like our couriers are operating with more of a smartphone device,” Ferguson said. “They can take pictures of packages, it’ll take geotags so customers know where packages are at all times.”
However, the Mississauga-based courier company is not mulling delivery via drones like Amazon and Drone Canada but will be adding more hybrid vehicles such as electric cargo bikes to drop off packages and self-serve parcel lockers in downtown Toronto.
“Delivering with drones is a really good idea but hard to make it economically viable with packages. It is expensive and requires more energy to fly something in the air,” Opher Baron, professor of operations management at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto told the Financial Post. “One possibility is when people’s cars are autonomous you can send the car to pick up the package and drop it off at home.”
“It could have the impact of making Toronto a logistics centre” Opher Baron, professor of operations management, Rotman School of Management
Purolator — a freight, package and logistics solutions firm primarily owned by Canada Post — hopes to create at least 2,500 jobs from the investment.
The focal point of the plan is a $330-million national hub which will handle about half of all parcels.
“This new hub will have almost triple the capacity (for deliveries),” Ferguson said. “You can imagine 50,000 packages processed going to 150,000 packages per hour. That’s a big deal and that’s where the automation allows us to be more flexible and handle peaks.”
The 60-acre plant is set to open in Toronto by 2021, but Purolator is also opening an $8.5-million terminal for the Greater Toronto Area in September. Ferguson said the plant will allow for up to 135 new delivery routes north of the city.
The firm will also expand its Mobile Quick Stop service which it said acts as retail outlets on wheels and piloting last-mile pick-up.
“There’s very few transportation companies left that are Canadian-owned that will invest in Canada,” Ferguson said.
Rotman’s Baron thinks the investment is worthwhile as parcel delivery in Canada is tough with its largest cities spread apart, but operating in Toronto gives companies easier access to cities south of the border.“New York, Chicago, Boston, Washington — they’re all closer to Toronto than Vancouver, especially for express delivery. It supports e-commerce with all of the international airports,” he said. “It could have the impact of making Toronto a logistics centre.”
“We see ourselves as almost the catcher's mitt of packages in Canada”
John Ferguson, Purolator President and CEO
Ferguson said Purolator is continuing to consolidate vendors in the U.S. and said the new deal will help make way for more exports to Europe and imports from Asia.
“The U.S. is our dominant trading partner. We have about 30 U.S. locations… we move all that product through customs, clearance and run it through our network in Canada,” he said. “It’s really a cross border solution that includes all the links and supply chain.”
Before, Ferguson said Asia would import to the U.S. before packages ended up in Canada, because of America’s buying power, but now Asia ships directly to Canadian shorelines.
“ We see ourselves as almost the catcher’s mitt of packages in Canada, capturing all this freight from international sources destined for the shelves and homes of Canada,” Ferguson said. “There’s a lot coming direct into Canada now through our ports and that direct trade is where we’re well-positioned.”
Canada-based delivery and logistics firm Purolator Inc. said on Tuesday it plans to invest $1 billion to strengthen its footprint in its domestic market, looking to reach more customers and businesses and keep up in a hypercompetitive e-commerce space.
The centrepiece of the 5-year investment plan is a $330 million (US$250 million), 60-acre national hub in Toronto which will open in 2021 and triple the courier’s capacity for package deliveries, allowing it to deal better with peak periods.
Purolator, which is largely owned by Canada Post, also said it expects to introduce more than 1,000 new vehicles with more advanced technology across the country in 2019 and 2020 to improve deliveries.
It plans to roll out its first batch of fully electric vehicles in 2020 to complement an existing hybrid electric fleet, it said in the statement.
105 members enjoyed a beautiful sunny day of golf on June 22nd. at the Teamsters Local 938 annual member’s golf tournament held at the Royal Ontario Golf Club in Oakville.
Brother Charlie Thibault passed away earlier this week at 88 years old after experiencing a stroke.
Brother Thibault was known for his dedication to Teamster members and to workers across Ontario.
He began his career as a driver for Intercity Wilson Brothers and became a business agent for Teamsters Local Union 938 in 1967. He also served as a general organizer for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, where he helped hundreds of workers join a union.
In 1970 he became president of his local. He continued rising the ranks, eventually becoming president of Joint Council 52 and international vice‑president.
One of his biggest achievements was negotiating a master freight agreement for Ontario, a collective agreement which covered almost every single truck driver in the province. The agreement guaranteed solid middle-class wages and standardized protections and benefits for tens of thousands of drivers.
Brother Thibault will be fondly remembered by the countless workers he helped over the course of his career, but most of all by his wife Audrey and son Derek.
Teamsters Local Union 938 would like to express its sincerest condolences to his friends, family, and loved ones at this time of sadness.
November 20, 2018
by Truck News
MISSISSAUGA, ON — UPS is going big.
Today, the company announced its plans of constructing a new $200 million, 850,000 sq.-ft. facility in Caledon, Ontario to service the Greater Toronto Area.
The new facility will be the largest in Canada, and will be fully automated according to UPS, sorting up to 35,000 packages per hour. The new facility will also be home to a fleet of more than 200 package cars, and is expected to open in late 2020.
“Southern Ontario is an attractive hub for international trade and business,” says Christoph Atz, president of UPS Canada. “This new facility will serve the growing needs of businesses and consumers today and into the future.”
“I’m extremely pleased and proud to welcome the highly respected global logistics company United Parcel Service (UPS), to the Town of Caledon,” added Allan Thompson, Mayor of Caledon. “This development will create jobs, bolster our local economy and at 850,000 square feet, will be the largest UPS facility in Canada.”
In March of this year, UPS announced its plans to invest more than $500 million towards facility expansions and technological enhancements in Canada. Construction of a $125-million, 180,000 sq. ft. expansion to the company’s Montreal hub, is almost complete. On November 2, the company unveiled its new, $15 million, 40,000 sq. ft., facility in Kanata, Ontario and has expanded its package centers in Brampton and London, Ontario and Edmonton, Alberta.